No smoking ordinance fails to pass

A no smoking ordinance came under discussion but ultimately failed to get approved at Monday night’s Montoursville Borough Council meeting.

The proposed law would have created smoke-free areas in open spaces of the borough such as public park pavilions, playgrounds, soccer and baseball fields and other gathering spots.

Borough solicitor Randall Sees noted that the ordinance could not be enforced, however.

“I don’t see the value of it if it’s not policed,” said Council President Robert Brobson.

Ultimately, council was unable to get a motion for the ordinance and it never came to a vote.

Council approved final application for Community Development Block Grant funding for the Bennett and Pine streets reconstruction project.

Kristin McLaughlin, of SEDA-Council of Governments, which is administering funding, noted that the borough’s estimated allocation for the project remains at $84,500.

She said the money should be available to the borough at any time with the project itself getting under way later this year.

Changes to a noise ordinance were approved for advertisement by council.

The amended ordinance, which came about as a result of complaints from some borough residents about loud motorcycles, will make it easier to enforce any violations.

Presently, a violation occurs if noises reach certain decibel levels.

Changes to the law eliminate decibel readings.

Council gave preliminary approval to a land development plan for a car wash at North Loyalsock Avenue and Vine Street.

Some concerns were raised by borough officials regarding water runoff, accessing and exiting the proposed site, and other issues.

The plan had previously been recommended for approval by the borough planning commission.